I’m teaching an overload this term. A paid overload. Well, at least, theoretically a paid overload. Getting that payment is turning out to be a mildly frustrating activity.
Last month, I got a note from the secretary to swing by payroll and pick up the cheque they’d cut for my overload payment that had somehow missed processing for September. Okay, whatever — usually, in these situations, they just pay us the extra in October, but it is nice to get paid. The payroll clerk warns me that I’ll see that exact amount deducted from the October paycheque when they process the September and October overload payments. Okaaaay.
So, I get my paystub for October and — you guessed it! — it’s down by the amount they paid me via cheque and up not at all in any overload payment. Phone the payroll clerk, who looks at the record and curses, gently, who forwards me to the dean’s secretary’s voicemail, to enquire as to where, exactly, the forms are for my overload payment. After which I phone the departmental secretary to let her in on things because, in the end, she’s the one who gets things done.
So, I wonder, by the end of the week will they cut me a cheque for the September and October overloads I’m still owed with warning that I’ll get that deducted when they properly pay me for those overloads in November’s cheque? Stay tuned!